Emerging Technologies


CT 566

Summer II, 2003

“As commented in the IEEE 1999 Technology Analysis and Forecast, 'never before in the field of electronic communication has so much been changed so rapidly by so many'. All over the world engineers are adding new service capabilities and refining old ones. For example, on the cellular front, satellite-based systems that provide truly worldwide access have become a reality. In local area networks, Gigabit Ethernet has gone from infancy to early adulthood in about 18 months, while asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) has established itself in wide area nets and may yet realize its potential in local area networks as well. Convergence --coming together and uniting in a common interest -- has become the dominant watchword for emerging networks. At the industry level, telephone companies, cable operators, and Internet Service Providers are beginning to merge. At the application level, popular developments include Internet telephony, WebTV, and the growing use of imagery, video, and audio in both Internet and intranet environments. At the human level of the convergence are issues and technologies related to the ultimate security, privacy, human interface and appliances used to connect to the network.”




Instructor: Prof. Judy Hansen-Childers

Office: Room 209

Office Phone: 859-1335

Home Phone: 582-7632



Snow Phone/Cancellation Line: 859-1140



Class Schedule: This course will meet on Angel conferencing system from 6:30 to 9:30 PM, both synchronously and asynchronously.  We will also use Microsoft Chat and will meet on the Thomas server in Room #CT566 (For instructions on downloading and configuring MS Chat CLICK HERE).  It is thus absolutely essential that students have computers with Internet access.


There will be two papers. In the first, due Tuesday, July 29th, all students will address the same topic, which will be posted on the schedule below.


For the second paper, students will choose their own topics (related to the course material) by 8/22, submitting them via email to the instructor for approval and suggestions. The paper will be due Tuesday, August 26th. This paper should be a well-researched analysis of one of the emerging technological issues impacting education and society today.



There is no single text. Readings from periodical publications and the Internet will be assigned.



COURSE DESCRIPTION: Prerequisite: CT 559

This course provides the opportunity for students to identify, research, gain a basic knowledge, discuss and evaluate emerging technologies and their impact on education and society. Topics to be addressed include those listed in the prelude above.

COURSE OBJECTIVES (Learning Outcomes):

By the end of the course, the student should:

1.      Understand the importance of keeping abreast of emerging technologies.

2.      Understand the current emerging technologies outlined in the schedule below.

3.      Have developed the research skills necessary to identify emerging technologies (just-in-time learning).

4.      Be able to evaluate the impact, both positive and negative, of these emerging technologies on education and society.

5.      Have the tools to foresee, identify, and evaluate changing technologies and adopt appropriate technologies to respond to school, community, and district needs.

6.      Have gained an in-depth understanding of a chosen emerging technology through independent research.


Objective #1:  The student’s understanding of the importance of keeping abreast of emerging technologies will be evaluated through class discussion.

Objective #2: The student’s understanding of current emerging technologies will be assessed through class discussion.

Objective #3:  The student’s research skills will be assessed through one 10-page and one 20-page research paper.

 Objective #4: The student’s ability to evaluate the impact of emerging technologies on education and society will be evaluated through class discussion, and the 10-page paper.

Objective #5: The student’s understanding of their emerging technology topic will be assessed through a 20-page (minimum) research paper.


Each week students will have reading assignments from online or other sources and weekly discussion questions to be answered online.


A (94 - 100) A- (90 - 93) B+ (87 - 89) B (83 - 86) B- (80 - 82)

C+ (77 - 79) C (73 - 76) C- (70 - 72) D+ (67 - 69) D (63 - 66)

D- (60 - 62) F (below 60)



Class Discussion..........………………………........…...........… 50%

10 –page Research paper………………………………………20%

20 –page Research Paper and Presentation……………….…. 30% 


Students are expected to attend all class sessions and to be prepared to discuss the assigned readings and topic. If a student must miss a class session, it is the student’s responsibility to arrange other ways of obtaining the information covered in class. Please notify the instructor in advance if you have to miss a class. Students with excessive absences may not receive a passing grade.



Students who plagiarize papers and projects or cheat on exams will receive zeros for the work in question.



·        Changes in the syllabus and assignments may be modified as deemed appropriate by the instructor.  All changes will be announced in class.



Important Links


Emerging Technologies Links Page


New Scientist Magazine




Robotics Info


YEAR 2067




World Technology Network 


Paper # 1


Thomas College Homepage










Tuesday, July 8th     


 Introduction, Course Review and Expectations

 Video Manipulation Technology

 Privacy  and Security Issues



Monday,    July 14th



 Web TV / HDTV



Monday, July 21st


 Computer-to-Telephony Integration

 Cellular and Personal Communication Systems

 Cable Modem Systems and Technology



Monday, July 28th


  Wireless Technologies

  Radio Technologies / Satellite Technologies

  Optical Technologies



Monday,August 4th


  Digital Subscriber Line Technologies

  Asynchronous Transfer Mode

  Integrated Services Digital Network



Monday, August 11th


  Space Tourism

  Intelligent Toys

  Pet-Human Interaction Technologies



Monday, August 18th


  Speech Recognition

  Software Agents 

  Wearable PCs


  Virtual Reality



Monday, August 25th


  Genome Project 



  Artificial Intelligence




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This syllabus may be changed at the discretion of the instructor.

Last Revised: June 24, 2003